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Notable News for August 2021

Professional Highlights from the 517 Region

Sparrow Physician Receives National Award 

A Sparrow physician who came to this country as a 16-year-old refugee speaking minimal English has received a national award for her selfless acts of kindness in the community — from delivering groceries to the homebound to various medical missions and working to bringing free care to those overseas.

Farashin Silevany, is an internal medicine physician who works as a hospitalist at Sparrow Hospital. She has received the Vituity Culture of Caring Award, recognizing clinicians who go above and beyond to do what is right for the patient and their family. Recipients are honored for keeping patients at the center of their work and going the extra mile to deliver compassionate care.

Vituity is a national leader in acute care management and oversees Sparrow’s hospitalists program.

For nearly 50 years, Vituity has been a catalyst for positive change in health care. As a physician-led and physician-owned multispecialty partnership, Vituity’s 5,000 doctors and clinicians care for nearly 8 million patients each year across 450 practice locations and nine acute care specialties.

In announcing the award, Vituity Chief Operating Officer David Birdsall said, “While COVID prevented Farashin from traveling to support those in need, it hasn’t stopped her from helping those here at home. During the worst of the pandemic, she volunteered as a team leader with a local Muslim community center to deliver groceries to those who are homebound — the elderly, single mothers, people with mobility issues. To go from a 16-year-old immigrant from Iraq who didn’t speak English to a successful internal medicine physician who is able to give so much back to her local and international community is inspiring.”


McLaren Greater Lansing Welcomes New Trustees 

McLaren Greater Lansing welcomed Victor Celentino and Andre Hutson as the newest members of its board of trustees.

Celentino is in his 11th term representing District 1 on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners and has been a special education teacher in the Lansing School District since 1992. Hutson is a former Michigan State University men’s basketball standout who is owner and founder of Conquest Fitness as well as Hutson Contracting. Both are eagerly anticipating the opening of the new McLaren hospital in March of next year.

Kirk Ray, McLaren Greater Lansing’s president and CEO, is excited to have Celentino and Hutson on the hospital board.

“I am confident their passion for the mid-Michigan community and dedication to service will enhance our board’s effectiveness,” he said. “We would like our board to reflect the makeup of Lansing and the surrounding area, and Victor and Andre bring different life experiences to their positions.”


Peak Performance Celebrates 10 Years

Peak Performance Physical Therapy is celebrating 10 years of service to the mid-Michigan area. The business was founded June 6, 2011, by Jill Marlan.

“I am very excited and humbled to have the opportunity to celebrate such a momentous milestone,” Marlan said. “It is such an honor to be able to serve multiple communities that span across mid-Michigan. The strength and determination of our team and the community relationships we have developed have been such an inspiration to me over the past 10 years. We are very excited for what the future holds.”


Miceli Joins Edward Jones as Financial Adviser

The financial services firm Edward Jones has hired Jack M. Miceli as a new financial adviser for the Holt branch at 4625 Willoughby Road.

“I joined this firm because I was impressed with its commitment to individual investors,” Miceli said. “Now I’m looking forward to meeting with the individuals here to help them meet their financial goals.”

Miceli has 15 years of experience in the financial services industry.


M3 Group Welcomes New Team Members

M3 Group, a full-service marketing and branding firm based in Lansing, welcomed two new members to its creative team. Jill Davy was hired as the company’s senior digital strategist and Penny Davis was named as a senior content strategist.

Davy brings more than 15 years of broad marketing experience in both the business-to-consumer and business-to-business worlds, with a specialty in analytics, email marketing, customer relationship management and strategic initiatives as well as a keen ability to send the right message to the right audience at the right time. She enjoys spreadsheets, a good RACI matrix, finding needles in haystacks, drinking coffee and eating dessert first.

Davis brings more than 20 years of experience in purpose-driven communications to M3 Group. She specializes in advocacy and executive communications efforts and excels in strategic communication planning.


Christman Creates Building Innovation Group

The Christman Co., a national construction and real estate development firm based in Lansing, announced the creation of the Christman Building Innovation Group to initiate, champion and drive innovation and excellence across its self-perform services. In addition to its 485 construction management and general contracting professionals, Christman currently employs 400 skilled tradespeople in carpentry, millwork, demolition, concrete, mass timber, earthwork, interiors and more.

“The goal is to provide greater efficiency and building innovation options, ultimately creating a center of excellence at Christman which spans all regional offices,” said Christman President and CEO Steve Roznowski. “This transition connects our craftsmen and women to build on regional successes and lessons learned across Michigan, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee.”

The Christman Building Innovation Group is led by Christman executive Douglas J. Peters, who will be assisted by a team that includes three Lansing-based members: Jim Like, president of Christman Constructors; Joe Leone, vice president of the Christman Building Innovation Group; and Tyler Mance, vice president of Christman Constructors Interiors Group.


Cinnaire Names Board Members

Cinnaire announced three new members have joined the organization’s board of directors. The new board members will provide strategic direction supporting continued growth around Cinnaire’s belief that all people deserve the opportunities to live in healthy communities.

The new board members include Quinetta Roberson, professor of management and psychology at Michigan State University; Anne McCulloch, president and CEO of the Housing Partnership Equity Trust; and Jeffrey Benson, president and CEO of CASE Credit Union.

“We have worked diligently to ensure Cinnaire’s board includes leaders in the public, business and nonprofit sectors that bring a broad base of knowledge, experience and diversity to the table, and our new board members are no exception,” said Mark McDaniel, Cinnaire president and CEO. “Each of them brings a unique background and set of expertise to Cinnaire, and we look forward to working together to advance equitable communities in 2021 and beyond.”


Sparrow Potterville Adds Nurse Practitioner

Sparrow Eaton Hospital welcomed nurse practitioner Elise Wildern to the Sparrow Medical Group Potterville office, adding to the patient care provided by Dr. Todd Otten and nurse practitioners Devon Kruger and Elizabeth McDowell.

As a resident of Eaton County for the past eight years, Wildern is grateful to work in the community she’s grown to love. Sparrow Potterville is located at 133 Lansing Road in Potterville.

“Elise brings great ambition and optimism to the practice,” said Otten. “I am excited to round out our SMG Potterville team with her talents and really work with all of our APPs to continue providing excellent, solution-oriented care to our patients.”

Wildern, a Lansing native, began practicing at Sparrow Potterville after completing her studies at Spring Arbor University following her undergraduate work at Lansing Community College and Ohio University.


Keller Williams Lansing Opens New Location

Keller Williams has expanded its network to west Lansing with the opening of Keller Williams West at 6452 Millennium Drive in Lansing. This new location will be in addition to the Keller Williams Lansing office at 3490 Belle Chase Way.

The newest Keller Williams market center will be led by Kim Dunham, operating principal/broker, and Deborah Henry, CEO and team leader of Keller Williams Lansing. With the opening of the Keller Williams West location, Keller Williams will be able to serve the Delta Township and west Lansing area and surrounding communities more efficiently while providing agents a secondary location from which to serve their buyers and sellers.

“We are proud of the way we do business as well as our 170-plus professional agents, and we hope the residents of Delta Township and surrounding areas will think of us when they think of their real estate needs,” said Dunham.


Origami Celebrates New Location

Origami Rehabilitation celebrated the opening of its new Lansing satellite location, Origami West, with a ribbon-cutting July 20. The new facility, which features a state-of-the-art therapy gym, driver rehabilitation vehicles, and a designated pediatrics space equipped with a rock wall, is located at 137 S. Marketplace Blvd. in Lansing.


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